Sometime May this year, Kanye West blazingly gave a lecture to Oxford University. Maybe you’re wondering why we are talking about this now, it’s because the documentation never went out online. A full video has just surfaced now (released by the Oxford Guild) and he talked about his childhood and points on fashion. He followed on the momentum and touched about inequality and social hegemony.
Mind-melting. Inspiring. Conscious.
The Yeezy didn’t disappoint.
Check out his best quotes and watch the full video below.
“My goal, if I was going to do art, fine art, would have been to become Picasso or greater.”
That always sounds so funny to people, comparing yourself to someone in the past that has done so much, and in your life you’re not even allowed to think that you can do as much. That’s a mentality that suppresses humanity.
“Some of you here probably remember the night when the Donda tweets came through me and I started talking about professions that you guys are going into, that seemed they had nothing to do with a rapper.”
I was talking about a band of thinkers that could remove religion, race, gender, and somehow come together to find solutions for a broken planet.
“What I notice about creatives is that, and one of the reasons why I get into trouble, is, not only do I want to design video games, or make music, or ride bikes, I think one of the most important things to my ability to create so much in the past 30 years is my desire to play sports.”
I approach creativity like a sport, where if I have a drawing I react just like a jock: LOOK AT THE FUCKING DRAWING RIGHT THERE YEAH! We’re all creatives here, we’re all born artists. Some people are artists of business, some people are artists of composition.
“This humanity that I talk about, this civilization that I talk about, this future utopia I talk about…it can only happen through collaboration.”
I love Steve Jobs, he’s my favorite person, but there’s one thing that disappoints me. When Steve passed he didn’t give the ideas up. That’s kinda selfish. You know that Elon’s like ‘yeah, take these ideas.’ Maybe there are companies outside of Apple that could work on them and push humanity forward. Maybe the stock brokers won’t like that, the stock holders wouldn’t like that idea, but ideas are free and you can’t be selfish with them.
“We’ve been sold a concept of joy through advertising, through car advertising, through fashion branding.”
It’s not the concept of time, time with your family, time with your friends, the little time that we do have on earth and what we do with that. It was somehow sold to us through a Gucci bag or something. Time is the only luxury. It’s the only thing you can’t get back. If you lose your luggage … you can get that back. You can’t get the time back.
“People say it takes a village to raise a child.”
People ask me how my daughter is doing. She’s only doing good if your daughter’s doing good. We’re all one family. We have the ability to approach our race like ants, or we have the ability to approach our race like crabs.
“Clothing should be like food.”
There should never be a $5,000 sweater. You know what should cost $5,000? A car should be $5,000. And you know who should work on the car? The people that work on the $500,000 cars. All the best talent in the world needs to work for the people.
“I was exiled from my country, it was a personal exile, but exile.”
To come back and deliver my magnum opus of a work, and to be out-shined…to be beat by a girl [Nicki Minaj], basically. This was necessary. I think it was one of the most important points of working on that album, was to not stop her from her moment because of how good she is…. One of my biggest Achilles heels has been my ego. And if I, Kanye West, the very person, can remove my ego, I think there’s hope for everyone.
If you need a dose of inspiration you can feed on for the next days. Watch the whole 40 min video here.